Saturday, 23 January 2010

Sew Darn Cute....

One Pretty Craftbook....

One easy peasy tutorial from said book....

And voila, one plain, grey, simple ribbed vest has now become a lovely little thing, ready for spring! I even popped one of my pink labels on it to give it some more prettiness.

So I prettied that vest up whilst the buildery men have made a start on the kitchen....

Yes I know the kitchen sink is on the floor, but at least it is out of its packaging, which it had been in for nearly a year ;)

And yippee the worktops are finally out of their packaging too, they had been in their cardboard home for months.

So, the kitchen is definately making progress, the space is ready for my little washing machine and soon I shall be making the special patchwork friendship curtain to go around it.

I want to say thank you for some lovely fabric squares that popped through my letter box today, beautiful, and Ohooo so pretty. I shall be thanking you personally too. You gals certainly know my taste. Thank you, I can't wait to get going on the curtain, hope I am not going to bore you by mentioning the curtain all the time, and showing you photograph after photograph of all the pretty fabric squares I have been sent and from where they came.

I can't wait to get making it. It is going to be look perfect and right at home in my kitchen, and shall make me smile every time I see it :0)



  1. Such a lovely idea, prettying up a plain tank top/vest. Will have to put that book on my wish list!

    I can't wait to see what your kitchen looks like when finished, the glimpses so far, work surface and sink look great,

  2. Your top is simply gorgeous, and I love your sink and work top, it is going to look fantastic! suzie. xxx

  3. I love ways to 'do up' T-shirts like that! I have a few T-shirts with marks on which I want to 'upcycle' with some fabric - maybe seeing your lovely results will inspire me!

    I posted your fabric square today, but I don't know how long it will take from France. Not long, I think.

  4. Lovely top, I'm about to fancy up some plain t shirts !!
    twiggy x

  5. Yeah, they are making quick progress. I got that book for Christmas along with a few others. There are some lovely little ideas in it aren't there?
    Your top is very pretty. I bet you are looking forward to some warmer weather where you can showcase it.
    Have fun this weekend
    Rachael XX

  6. What a wonderful book! There are so many beautiful craft books out there but I never seem to find them. Love your new top, just the prettiest. And wow, what a huge sink!! You are going to have so much fun in your new kitchen, really soon by the looks of it. I have your package in my bag ready to be posted today. It should only take a few days to reach you.

  7. Oh no - another book for my Amazon wish list (if only someone bought me some of them)!!!Fabric is in the post today.xx

  8. What a fun shirt! And your kitchen is going to be marvelous!

  9. well done hunni your vest look's really cute. I bought that book a little while ago but haven't got round to making anything from it yet. I guess that'll be another thing to put on my list lol.
    Your kitchen is looking fab I bet your very excited. I can't wait to see it finished.

  10. Great vest transformation! It looks really special now.

  11. Your t-shirt looks fantastic. I can't wait to see all the fabric squares that you have been sent. What a fun project. I bet you can't wait till your kitchen is finished.

  12. Hi Mary,
    Just want to check what size squares you want? Is 8 inches x 8 inches big enough?
    The Keep Calm frame was really well packaged - at least one whole roll of bubblewrap and it was sent FedEx. Its this one and is exactly A2 size:
    LOVE your vest :) whats next??
    Thanks for the peek into the kitchen, can't wait to see more xx

  13. Loving that vest how cute and pretty.

    Wow you kitchen is going to look just fantastic! I posted your fabric a few days ago so hopefully it has arrived with you safely!

    I wonder whats next on your list to pretty up?

    Have a lovely rest of the weekend in amongst builder mess and creation.


  14. The vest looks great, such a good idea.
    Hope your kitchen is finished soon :)

  15. Hi hun...your vest is looking great! well done you!
    I'm liking the look of your kitchen already....can't wait to see the end result.
    I'm a little late in sending you your patch of fabric as I haven't felt well over w/end but will get it in the post this week....hope that's ok and won't hold you up.
    Hugs Karen x x x

  16. see this is why i wish i knew my way around fabric!i wanted that book for an age but i hate cutting into pretty fabric!i like looking at it,getting other to make things from it for me but cutting it myself-definitly not.not with my clumsy hands.
    i went for the scan everything seems ok which is a massive relieve as i was read all the checks they go through i thought there were so many there was bound to be something wrong.
    i have an 80% chance its a little lady!!i have been trying to lay off the buying of pretty things as its only an 80% but its soo hard!!

    i love your kitchen,i have one of those sinks,they just look lovely,cant wait until i see it all finished!



  17. what a great little book - Amazon here I come!
    Cant wait to see those curtains up and finished, a great idea and I'm sure they'll look great!
    BH x

  18. looks beautiful Mary xxx
    I will be replying to your email a bit later xx but thank you for my parcel ;) xx
    Love the sink...think thats the Ikea one I am coveting...coveting a sink what is the world coming too!!!!

  19. Love the vest top!! What a great idea!!
    Cant wait to see your kitchen completed, that sink is gorgeous, and I love that wooden worktop!!!
    Will post the fabric tomorrow.
    Have a lovely day : )

    Sharon xx

  20. yay worktops :-D I am glad its progressing and give me a shout when ready for wallpapering !
    fab job on the top I thought it was from that book when I saw your pics on FB - will have to give it a go to get my crafting mojo back :-) x

  21. What a great touch to a simple vest!

    You and Little Gem are giving some great inspiration for customising clothes.

    Victoria xx

  22. The vest is so pretty!! looks like a really good book xx

  23. It should only take a few days to reach you.

    Work from home

  24. Hello Mary

    I love that top that you have embellished, I looks fantastic!

    We are in the process of redecorating the kitchen, a bit of a nightmare with nothing in it's right place at the moment.

    We have the similar looking sink, really like it.

    Good luck with all the woek. Are you still interested in a piece of fabric for your kitchen? If so let me have your details please...

    Warm wishes
    Isabelle x

  25. Hello sweetie!

    I am so insanely jealous of your new kitchen already, I can tell it will be beautiful! Just going to email you to see if I can possibly send you a square xxx

  26. Hi Mary,
    I will get one of my squares sent out to you asap
    Its a spare one from my new quilt ;)
    Looking forward to seeing them all together xx


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